Innovation Capability Center attends the IDUAI Celebration Day 2017 in Mauritius

The Innovation Capability Center will be present at the celebration event of the International Day of Universal Access to Information (IDUAI 2017) that takes place on the 28th of September in Port Luis, Mauritius during eLearning Africa, the 12th International Conference on ICT for development, education, and training. The event is hosted by the Government of the Republic of Mauritius with over 50 inspiring sessions, interactive discussions, highlight talks and keynote speeches by experts and innovators from all over Africa and beyond.


Workshop: “Knowledge societies and SMART Development”

The Innovation Capability Center is organizing on 29th September 2017 the session “Access to Space technology and knowledge for S.M.A.R.T. Development”. In this workshop, Mrs. Tanja Woronowisc, Head of Development at TZI Innovation Capability Center, will exchange ideas with other speakers about innovation as a process, good multilevel governance systems, anticipatory governance and participatory governance, build on knowledge strategies and innovation management in a multistakeholder environment that are S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, timely). The aim is to support countries towards sustainable development based on best practices of information and knowledge transfer systems and lessons learn.

The following topics will be discussed:

  • how knowledge transfer can help further to create impact for the implementation of smart development.
  • Improved research and innovation management capacity

Confirmed partners in this session are the International Federation of Information Processing and the European Space Agency.


UNESCO and IDUAI

  

September 28th is the International Day of Universal Access to Information (also known as IDUAI). The official event takes place at UNESCO’s headquarters, with guests from all over the world, including academics, community leaders and journalists who are working towards the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs recognize the power of communication, freedom of expression and public access to information and ICT in development cooperation. UNESCO is committed to create inclusive knowledge societies and empowering local communities by increasing access and preservation.

According to UNESCO, the resolution of marking the 28th September as the “International Day for Internet Access to Information” gives the opportunity to more countries to adopt freedom to laws with access to information, policy development for multiculturalism in the cyberspace and to guarantee the integration of men and women with disabilities and ensuring that no one is left behind. The respect for Human Rights is a priority for all people of the world, without distinction of race, gender, nationality, language or religion. The importance of this day in Africa was also officially recognized by Resolution 222 of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights at its 50th ordinary session.


 

 

P2L2 Newsletter

The Public Policy Living Lab (P2L2) project supports countries and regions invested in the field of advanced materials by introducing or improving local policy to support innovation in this field.

P2L2’s main aim is to improve policy instruments by supporting innovation ecosystems of advanced materials; supporting the implementation and evaluation of the Smart Specialization Strategies (RIS3), and coordinating regional policies between sectors to facilitate a real innovation ecosystem beyond administrative regional boundaries.

What you might have missed

Some of our recently concluded activities include:

Study visit Vilnius (Lithuania) 4th-6th April 2017

On the first week of April, the Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre (MOSTA) together with the Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA) hosted a regional study visit. Participants had the opportunity of analyzing the main elements of the Lithuanian ecosystem and meeting important players responsible for the definition, implementation and review of the RIS3.

During the study visit in Vilnius, the project partners also visited some local companies, institutes and research centers such as:

EKSPLA, a manufacturer of lasers, laser systems and laser components for R&D and industrial applications;

Elinta, a company specialized in trading in automation elements, industry automation, electric vehicles, charging points, trading in measurement instruments, production of computer vision systems, electric drives for bicycles;

National innovation and entrepreneurship center (NIVC), an institute devoted to implement the highest standards of innovation development in all science and business cooperation fields at national and international level. Main services: innovation management, technology transfer, intellectual property management, research and development;

Altechna, a supplier of laser-related products and solutions, specialized in the following key fields of activity: laser-related components, distribution of well-known photonics industry brands in local markets; R&D solutions in laser optics; manufacturing of laser-related components;

Center for Physical Sciences and Technology (FTMC), the largest scientific research institution in Lithuania carrying out a fundamental research and technological development works in scientific fields of laser technologies, optoelectronics, nuclear physics, organic chemistry, bio and nanotechnologies, electrochemical material science, functional materials, electronic etc.

 

P2L2 Newsletter

The Public Policy Living Lab (P2L2) project supports countries and regions invested in the field of advanced materials by introducing or improving local policy to support innovation in this field.

P2L2’s main aim is to improve policy instruments by supporting innovation ecosystems of advanced materials; supporting the implementation and evaluation of the Smart Specialization Strategies (RIS3); and coordinating regional policies between sectors to facilitate a real innovation ecosystem beyond administrative regional boundaries.

What you might have missed

Some of our recently concluded activities include:

Study visit Vilnius (Lithuania) 4th-6th April 2017

On the first week of April, the Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre (MOSTA) together with the Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA) hosted a regional study visit. Participants had the opportunity of analysing the main elements of the Lithuanian ecosystem and meeting important players responsible for the definition, implementation and review of the RIS3.

During the study visit in Vilnius the project partners also visited some local companies, institutes and research centres such as:

EKSPLA, a manufacturer of lasers, laser systems and laser components for R&D and industrial applications;

Elinta, a company specialised in trading in automation elements, industry automation, electric vehicles, charging points, trading in measurement instruments, production of computer vision systems, electric drives for bicycles;

National innovation and entrepreneurship centre (NIVC), an institute devoted to implement the highest standards of innovation development in all science and business cooperation fields at national and international level. Main services: innovation management, technology transfer, intellectual property management, research and development;

Altechna, a supplier of laser related products and solutions, specialised in the following key fields of activity: laser related components, distribution of well-known photonics industry brands in local markets; R&D solutions in laser optics; manufacturing of laser related components;

Center for Physical Sciences and Technology (FTMC), the largest scientific research institution in Lithuania carrying out a fundamental research and technological development works in scientific fields of laser technologies, optoelectronics, nuclear physics, organic chemistry, bio and nanotechnologies, electrochemical material science, functional materials, electronic etc.

Recent activities of P2L2

Kick-off meeting Bremen (Germany) In June 2016, the project organised the kick-off meeting in Bremen, hosted by the three regional partners. The participating regions presented their policy instruments for analysis and improvement. Partners had the opportunity of meeting regional representatives responsible for the RIS3 strategy and meeting stakeholders from Bremen and neighbouring regions like Airbus DS, and Hamburg State Chancellery representatives. Participants also had the opportunity of visiting interesting installations like the Airbus New Materials Centre (ALM Additive Layer Manufacturing Plateau) and the Ariane Rocket Integration facilities.

Research meeting (Lithuania) In September 2016, a number of partners took part in a workshop to define the Limited Mapping methodology for analysing the process of definition, implementation and evaluation of RIS 3 strategies, with special attention to advanced materials.

Study visit Bremen (Germany) In September 2016, Bremen partners hosted a regional study visit. Following the fishbowl methodology, the participants exchanged knowledge and experiences on the Bremen policy instrument, specifically about the ECOMAT Centre for eco-efficient materials and technologies which are currently under construction.

In these two and a half days, the partners visited the Alfred Wegener Polar Research Institute (AWI) and met with representatives from the Bionic Lightweight Design and Functional Morphology Department, the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM), the Carbon Fibre Composite Centre (CFK) and the research facilities of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR).

Study visit Rzeszow (Poland) In November 2016, the Rzeszow University of Technology, together with the Marshal Office of the Region Podkarpackie, hosted a study visit in Rzeszów.

Participants exchanged experiences on the Podkarpackie RIS 3 policy instrument with representatives of the regional ecosystems like the Aviation Valley Association and the Rzeszow Innovation Agency, one of the biggest clusters in Poland. The hosting partners offered a comprehensive overview of the best regional practices. The functioning Podkarpackie Innovation Council and the Aviation Valley explained their connection with the regional strategy for advanced materials.

The study visit benefitted from the participation of experts in R&D, innovation, and regional policy like Mr Krzysztof Mieszkowski from the Joint Research Centre in Seville.

Partners visited research and production facilities of important players of the aviation valley like Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky a Lockheed Martin Company, the laboratories of the Rzeszow Technical University, Podkarpackie Science and Technology Park “AEROPOLIS”.

P2L2 – Kick Off Meeting, Bremen

p2l2-footerFrom Unbenannt13.-15.6.2015, the Kick-Off meeting of the P2L2 (Public Policy Living Lab) project takes place. With Bremen as Lead Partner, the project supports six European regions to improve their innovation strategies in the area of advanced materials. The guiding question of this INTERREG EUROPE project is: how can regions co-operate beyond their own organisational boundaries. The two-fold aim is to increase the individual strength of the different locations and the implementation of their RIS3 strategies.

TDWE_0109he project has a runtime of four years and is coordinated by the Innovation Capability Center of the University Bremen. It strategically supported by the Senator of Economy, Labour and Ports and by the Business Development Agency Bremen (WfB) forming the Bremen regional partnership for the project. Besides the Bremen team, public authorities from Denmark, France, Italy, Lithuania and Poland are members of the consortium. Three objectives are addressed by:

  • Fostering research and innovation for an improved cooperation between EU regions in the field of advanced materials. For Bremen there will be a specific focus on the new technology center EcoMat (Center for Eco-Efficient Materials);
  • Coordinating effective regional development and innovation policies. This also includes the question how double structures can be avoided and a better alignment of different actors can be achieved;
  • Improving the toolset and methodologies for the development and implementation of smart specialization strategies. In this context the project will develop a process oriented model, that will be used for a limited policy mapping of the participating regions. This model is based on the innoSPICE, improvAbility and ProductAbility methodology.

The P2l2 project will be implemented in close co-operation with regional stakeholders from science, economy and governmental organizations. One important stakeholder – among others – is the AIRBUS production facility in Bremen, that will host a part of the P2L2 Kick-Off Event. New materials, advanced manufacturing (and 3D printing) are important enabling technologies e.g. for the Aerospace industry. p2l2-footer

SPICE Conference 2016, Dublin

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The 16th International SPICE Conference (SPICE 2016) took place in Dublin, Ireland, 9-10 June 2016. Tanja and Michael from the Innovation Capability Center of the University of Bremen participated in this important annual meeting of the ISO/IEC 11504 & ISO/IEC 330xx community. IMG_3156The very international event attracted over 60 participants from all over the world. It is very clear that even in the age of agile and DevOps the relevance of process oriented quality management is sill of importance. The conference is a very good opportunity to meet the members of the huge SPICE User Group Family.

IMG_3150The keynote of the second day was presented by Jorn Johansen from Whitebox (Denmark). Jorn was giving insights to a study that was carried out in 2014: The “productAbility” Model is a way to assess the capability of organizations to develop new products from technological innovations. This model is again a good example how process models can help to improve the process quality on companies management level. Jorn pointed out, that it is important that quality management should be an  integral part of the thinking of companies top management level. Far to often quality goals are in conflict with other KPIs in an organization.

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SPICE conference was a great opportunity to meet. Here Tanja and Michael are discussing about process reference models for the development and implementation of innovation strategies in the context of the new P2L2 INTERREG EUROPE Project. (Jorn Johansen, from Whitebox – middle; Prof. Antanas Mitasiunas, MitSoft – right, Tanja to the left).

Thanks to the host from Dublin City University. They did an excellent job and presented a well organized event – it was great to meet you all again. The SPICE conference 2017 will take place in Palma de Mallorca or in Vienna. The final decision on this will be communicated soon! See you next year :-).

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Enjoying the sun at the conference social event at the famous Irisch Pub “Brazen Head”.

Innovation Capability Center on ILA, Aircraft and Space Fair

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IMG_3068Dr. Michael Boronowsky visited the ILA Berlin Air Show on 2.-3.6.2016. Goal of the visit was to promote the new INTERREG EUROPE project P2L2 (Public Policy Living Lab) and to support our partner cbProcess presenting our commom project cbCert.

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Presenting the cbCert project on the cbProcess booth of the BDLI.

This visit was also an excellent opportunity to meet with regional stakeholders (like AIRBUS and AIRBUS DS) and to learn more about the lates trends in Space and Aircraft technologies.

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Rainer Elvermann, CEO from cbProcess (4th person from left) introduces the cbCert Project to a high level delegation on the AIRBUS booth (Prof. G. Gruppe, Board Member of DLR, 3rd person from right)

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State of Bremen is presenting the new EcoMat center

The federal state of Bremen presented on their own booth the ECOMAT (Center for Eco-Efficient Materials and Technologies). The Innovation Capability Center of the University Bremen supports ECOMAT as methodical partner in the area Organisation / structures / processes. The cbCert project provides a tool for context based knowledge management and certification and the new P2L2 project is a policy oriented project to foster research and innovation in advanced materials:

  • coordinated and effective regional development and innovation policies
  • cooperation between EU regions in the field of advanced materials and Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM).
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Deputy Prime Minister Ilse Aigner, of the State of Bavaria. ILA Charlet of Federal States Bremen, Lower Saxony, Bavaria.

The ILA was also a impressive demonstration about the importance of the Aerospace domain in the northern part of Germany.

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Rainer Elvermann, cbProcess (right) after successful presenation of his company on the ILA.

 

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Space Pavilion on the ILA

 

Participation in the FETRIC Stakeholder Workshop, Tunisia

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The Team of Innovation Capability Center participated in the Stakeholder Workshop that was organized by the  Tunisian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MHESR) and the Project Management Agency (DLR-PT) in the context of the FP7-FETRIC Project.

Agenda FETRIC Stakeholder Workshop

Agenda of the Workshop

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Tanja Woronowicz is presenting the findings of the three innoSPICE assessments.

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Prof. Dargouth, president of IRESA and partner of the DAAD RAMSES Project, in discussion with Tanja Woronowicz and Prof. Ralf Isenmann from University of Bremen.

Mrs. Tanja Woronowicz presented the results of three innoSPICE assessments that had been carried out during the last month in three Tunisian research centers (CERTE, CRTEn, CBS). These results were discussed with participants from the different research organizations and leading representatives form the Tunisian Ministry of Higher Education and Research.The detailed analysis provided by Tanja and her conclusions were commented by the participants very positive.It was remarked “that thecenters had participated in several different assessments, but that the innoSPICE approach can really help to improve the situation of the centers”. Prof. Ralf Isenmann gave an introduction to the methods foresight and road mapping. He is professor at the Munich University of Applied Science and also Member of the University of Bremen (IPMI). Dr. Michael Boronowsky presented the University of Bremen and introduced the Innovation Capability Center to the audience. In this context he also gave a brief introduction to the DAAD Ramses project that is performed in collaboration with the Tunisian IRESA institute.

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Impression from the wonderful conference location at the Movenpick Hotel in Tunis.

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Dinner in the Medina of Tunis

Innovation Capability Center visited Agya Conference, Berlin

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Migration and Transnational Cooperation

Dr. Michael Boronowsky from the innovation Capability center at the University of Bremen visited the conference

Migration and Transnational Cooperation in Education, Research and Innovation, 2 – 3 May 2016, Berlin, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Kapelle-Ufer 1, 10117 Berlin.

Migration and flight open up a wide variety of chances and cause at the same time major challenges to societies in the Arab world as well as in Europe, including Germany. The AGYA Working Group Arab and German Education provided new impetus on migration issues, in particular from Arab perspectives, and discussed on education across borders. In five thematic workshops renowned scientists and high-ranking experts addressed the following topics:

  • Agya-posterIntegrating migrants into the university
  • Innovation and knowledge transfer
  • Online and blended learning initiatives and institutions
  • Teacher education and education research
  • Migration research and education

Furthermore, the event offered a dialogue platform for Arab and German university presidents to enhance the mutual recognition of conditions and requirements in the respective higher education systems and to facilitate circular migration of students and scientists.

The event was visited by 200 scientist and Universities leaders from 19 Countries. It was an excellent platform for exchange on operative but also on a political level. The Innovation Capability Center visited the workshop for technology transfer and innovation, where several presentations were given related to the current situation of tech trans in the Arab world and several best practices were introduced during this event.

Meet the Public Policy Living Lab

The Public Policy Living Lab (P2L2) applies interregional policy learning and exchange of experiences on important aspects of the regional innovation ecosystems, focusing on the field of advanced materials.

P2L2’s main aim is to improve policy instruments by

  • supporting innovation ecosystems of advanced materials;
  • supporting the implementation and evaluation of the Smart specialization strategies (RIS3);
  • coordinating regional policies between sectors to facilitate a real innovation ecosystem beyond administrative regional boundaries.

The project runs from April 2016 to March 2020. During this time partners will have the opportunity to exchange, compare, and learn from each other how to improve their relevant policy instruments. After 2 years of policy learning and exchange, each region will prepare an action plan with the main action to be implemented at the regional level and monitored during the last 2 years.

P2L2 goes beyond traditional ‘good practice sharing’. Results will not only improve policy instruments for increasing growth and innovation rates. The project will also deliver a “limited mapping” tool and add value by aligning S3 strategies within one field – that of advanced materials –  between different regions to identify overlaps, gaps, complementarity and opportunities for European collaboration.

The Participant Regions

Bremen

The State of Bremen (Germany) has several policy tools for fostering research, development, and innovation in regional enterprises. This project focuses on EcoMat – a center for eco-efficient materials & technology that involves actors from industry such as Airbus and research.

Podkarpackie

The Podkarpackie Province is a region with a strong regional focus on Aviation and Defence industries. Their policy tool aims at constantly involving stakeholders into policy framing, creating medium-term strategies, identifying business and scientific fields of excellence, and developing cooperation projects.

Piedmont

The Piemonte region in Italy focuses on establishing advanced materials as key enabling technology across a wide range of industries. Promoting advanced materials as a cross-sectional element of different production processes would boost innovation potential.

Aquitaine

The Aquitaine region (France) focuses on the field of chemistry for developing the competitiveness of the advanced materials. Their aim is to check whether their strategy is sound in terms of creating an innovation ecosystem, industrializing businesses, and demonstrating the cross-cutting capacity with other specialization areas.

Denmark

Denmark pursues its own Cluster and Network Strategy. This strategy is an attempt to integrate innovation networks at both the national and regional levels, thus creating an effective framework for knowledge sharing and growth in the networks while optimizing the delegation and coordination of tasks among the involved public bodies.

Lithuania
Lithuania presents its Innovoucher LT policy instrument. The aim of the instrument is to encourage business-science cooperation by providing SMEs with a voucher to perform R&D activities with research institutions. Innovouchers are one of the supportive services in the field of Lithuanian advanced materials sector.